Mescalero, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The Mescalero Census Designated Place had a population of 1,311 as of July 1, 2016. Mescalero ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Mescalero is located at latitude 33.1346 and longitude -105.7999 in Otero County. The formal boundaries for the Mescalero Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.89 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Otero County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,614 feet.

The Mescalero Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2408821) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

New Mexico is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Mescalero Census Designated Place is located within Mescalero Division of Otero County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Mescalero population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Mescalero: South Fork, White Sulfur Springs, White Sulphur Springs.

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Mescalero, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,311
Population in Households 1,307
Population in Familes 1,128
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density1 73
Diversity Index2 30


Total Households 399
Average Household Size 3.28
Family Households 295
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 435 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 283 (65.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 117 (26.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 36 ( 8.3%)
Median Home Value $109,783
Average Home Value $140,493


Median Household Income $26,090
Average Household Income $36,653
Per Capita Income $10,774
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.33% -0.37%
Households -0.2% -0.3%
Families 0.67% -0.41%
Median Household Income   0.04%
Per Capita Income   1.0%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Mescalero, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Mescalero to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 120 73rd
Population Density1 # 325 27th
Diversity Index2 # 395 11th
Median Household Income # 417 6th
Per Capita Income # 428 4th

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